GBA & City of Olathe wins ACEC of Kansas Award


Lenexa, Ks. (Jan. 25, 2016) – GBA was awarded an American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC KS) City Public Improvement Award in the over 50,000 Population category for the 127th Street Reconstruction project. An awards banquet was held in December where Susan Sherman with Olathe accepted the award on behalf of the team.

For almost two decades, the Olathe corridor of 127th Street from Black Bob to Pflumm acted as an arterial roadway with the capacity of a neighborhood collector. More than 11,000 cars per day squeezed onto the roadway-residents trying to get home or sneak into one of the businesses lining the street, churchgoers headed to functions and high school students just trying to make it to class on time.

A widening of the road was needed, but the sticky points – utilities, maintenance of access, steep terrain necessitating walls, bridge and culvert modifications and the predicted $14 million price tag – kept the project off the table for years.

Olathe selected GBA to provide professional engineering services for design of the reconstruction and enhancements including survey, permitting, design of roadways, bridge and retaining walls design, traffic signals, management of public involvement, management of utility coordination, and construction observation services.

Innovative engineering design, intricate construction and maintenance of traffic (MOT) phasing, and extensive preplanning was employed to allow the improvements to go forward at a cost and time-savings. The winning bid came in about $4 million below the programming estimate.

The 127th Street reconstruction project exemplifies an innovative solution for drivers with a full arterial experience from Overland Park through Olathe to I-35.